New Surrey Police unit aims to avoid 'past tragedies'

The first phase of a plan which Surrey Police claims will give greater protection to at-risk children and vulnerable adults is set to begin.

Surrey Police's public protection central referral unit starts operating on Monday.

The force said teams would remain at Staines, Guildford and Reigate stations but report centrally to increase the speed and consistency of decisions.

Det Supt Ray Marley believes the changes will help avoid past tragedies.

'Communication failings'

He said: "While local neighbourhood policing and inquiries remain critically important, this unit will provide a significant safeguard for vulnerable people who come to our notice.

"We are all aware of a number of tragedies over the years and one of the common criticisms from subsequent inquiries is around issues of communication failings between agencies.

"I am convinced this new process will help reduce the chance of such failings in Surrey."

Mr Marley added: "Every child or vulnerable adult who comes to our notice deserves the best possible care and despite the current financial restrictions I am delighted this reorganisation is being implemented to improve this vital front-line service."

Surrey Police said the next phase of their plan would be to help officers work closer with other agencies, such as social services.

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